Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga connects therapy horses with uniquely qualified professionals to facilitate life-changing connections. Most of our horses are retired Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses that have been retrained for therapy use.
Providing Care for Rescued Retired Racehorses
Located in Saratoga Springs, Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga, Inc. (THS) is committed to providing retired racehorses with a second purpose in life as valuable partners for people engaged in therapeutic programs. This includes both children and adults with mental illness, veterans, victims of domestic violence, and others in need of care. THS’s mission also includes researching the benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT) as a means of broadening the understanding of the utility of this type of treatment.
THS works in partnership with licensed mental health therapists to offer Equine-Assisted Therapy services. The organization meets the around the clock needs of their horses to ensure they have a healthy lifestyle and environment.
What to Expect From Equine-Assisted Therapy
THS's facilities include a mental health office, two stables, a training arena, and acres of nature to explore. Their EAT services use the diverse personalities and calming effects of horses as a way to help clients work through their emotional challenges.
No riding is involved with these services, and no prior horse knowledge is needed. Equine-Assisted Therapy acts as a complement to traditional mental health therapy by using a client’s interpretation of a horse’s movements, behaviors, and reactions as a metaphor to identify and change negative patterns of thinking that lead to emotional difficulties. Clients are able to build a healthy relationship with the horses and work past the pain of their current struggles.
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